National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 November 2019

Taking on a new role as Worcestershire’s County Chairman, Cameron Wood has got a busy year ahead but it’s YFC friendships that he claims have helped him achieve so much already.

When did you join YFC?

I Joined Vale of Evesham YFC at the start of 2015 for the social side and to make new friends while on my university placement year. I’ve hung around Worcestershire ever since finishing my studies and came back to work in the area.

What roles have you held in YFC?

Stockjudging Co-ordinator and now County Chairman.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you have faced in a role with YFC?

I would say this is one that I’m facing right now as we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our annual Winter Wonderland Ball. We decided to cancel it due to declining ticket sales in recent years and low numbers sold just a week and a half before this year’s event. This obviously leaves a hole in our income for the year, which will need to be filled. As a County we are trying to take it back to all the members at club level to see what they want to get from their County Federation and what sort of events we should be looking to put on in the future.

Best thing you have done with YFC?

Going outside of my comfort zone. When I joined, if you had told me I would be organising the County’s stockjudging events and now being its County Chairman, I would have probably laughed and said no chance! But now looking back at all the fun I’ve had setting up various County events, and the friends and contacts I’ve made along the way, I’m not sure what I would have been doing over the last couple of years.

Greatest achievement in YFC? 

Probably stockjudging for the first time at my first country show and coming third for beef carcase. Learning a new skill and trying something new is one of the main things YFC is all about.

Greatest achievement outside of YFC?

It would have to be graduating with a FdSc degree in agriculture because studying was not always my strong point!

Best thing you have ever made with YFC?

Great friendships and good memories along the way.

Who would you like to thank in YFC and why?

All the friends I’ve made who make it fun and worthwhile doing all the hard work. Also to all those that have helped me and directed me in my various roles and continue to do so – your help and advice is very much appreciated.

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